David Pogue is in trouble for possibly having a conflict of interest. I had written him an email a year ago about an article that felt like straight up shilling for a company. I thought about excerpting the exchange into Boing Boing as a comment, but I have my own blog for that. Right?
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Lately I have been using three more variable names:
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visi.com has awesome support:
Me (2am Pacific): one of my friends just tried to email me and it bounced
David (4am Central): the mailbox is still active.
David: could your friend sent me the headers of the bounced email?
This is why I pay for this account. They have a real employee who answered my “livechat” and asked the right question right away. We didn’t figure out why my French friend’s email sent from gmail didn’t go through, but what I wanted to know most was if not having made my yearly “keep my email account active” payment yet had shut down my account. It hadn’t, and my gut says that the email got bounced for being suspiciously French. ;)
I don’t know when I got my email address, but it is likely that it was as early as 1996 or 1997. That is a long time to have one email address — not epic, just long.
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I’m pleased to mention that I just mailed paperwork over to Yahoo! Inc. headquarters in Sunnyvale, California accepting their offer and signing away the rights to any inventions I might make while toiling in their internet forges. Clang! will sound my internet hammer, and pixelated sparks will flicker in the air over my head. The Thanksgiving holiday has extended my two weeks at SugarCRM, but I have a vested interest in making the transition smooth: some of my options have vested! Plus, I’ve made some good friends at Sugar, and I’d hate to leave a tangle of a half-finished project.
I start at Yahoo! on December seventh, and I will be working in the Systems Engineering and Development group as a Software Development Engineer. Basically, I’ll be jumping feet first into a team of full-stack web developers and systems admins, who build and maintain web applications from the system calls to the css positioning — at least if you use the intense interviews as a reference.
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After five years of being a member of the core developers of the Gallery open source software — and reaping many personal, academic, and professional rewards from the same, I quietly left the team on Thursday. A large contingent of the core developers had met at the extended Googleplex here in Mountain View to sit down and hammer out as much of the next version of Gallery as possible. Halfway through day two I realized that my heart simply wasn’t in it. Yes, I still love software development, and still need software to manage my images, but somewhere during my sabbatical for school I drifted away and just never came back. Splitting from your high school girlfriend when you go to college is a bit cliché, but that’s pretty much what happened. I continued to offer logistical support to the team for the rest of the week, but Thursday afternoon I went back to my day job and tried to stay out of the way of Gallery’s progress.
Leaving was an incredibly difficult decision. I am still a bit flattened by it.
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Dear Mediatemple who is not hosting most of my service any more,
I realize that this is a difficult breakup and that you still have some of my stuff, but I hope that we can be friends in the future. Just don’t lie to me or trash talk my friends and we’re cool in my book.
With love always,
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Dear Mediatemple who went to the bar with me last night,
I think that you know where this post is going, so I will leave the completion up to you.
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If you’re looking for more technical writing (not usually the domain of this blog) you can head over to my new blog: Code || Theory. That’s not “Code 2 Theory,” those are vertical bars, and two of them together is an “OR” operation in PHP (and likely other places). If you don’t understand that, you’re probably not the target audience of the new place, where I will likely never swear or post photographs.
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I have been working hard on my “game” for class all day. I’m up to like three pots of coffee so far.
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I hope that you like the new site design. Also, give me a call if you don’t know how to get to my apartment, so you can come enjoy the launch party. Hooray!
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